ProCarpet | MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

Lou and Eileen Mandell, Founders

Lou & Eileen established Pro Carpet in 1979 as a janitorial and carpet cleaning business, which focused primarily on
property management and the multi-family markets. Getting into the sales and installation side of floor covering was
almost by accident. A few years after starting the business, they were approached by a customer and asked if they could supply and install flooring for them. Not knowing much about this part of the flooring business, they did their research and decided to accept the offer. For a few years, Pro Carpet operated out of their house with the garage
doubling as warehouse. Through hard work and dedication to their customers, the sales and installation side of the business took off dramatically, and the need for more office and warehouse space became a necessity. In 1983 they built a 3,600 sq. ft. facility and believed they had more room than their business would ever need. Just 3 years later another 3,600 sq. ft. was added. As Pro Carpet continued to grow, subsequent additions brought the current facility to 26,000 sq. ft.

One thing has never changed during the last 40+ years- Lou & Eileen’s personal attention to each and every customer and their commitment to providing the best service and pricing possible. Their work ethic and customer commitment has become a cornerstone of the culture at Pro Carpet, and is exhibited by each of their employees today.

Darla Mandell Baird
Darla Mandell Baird

Darla grew up in the floor covering business, but officially started her career with the family-owned company in 1995. Now with over 20 years experience in various areas of operations and administration,  Darla’s responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer are to oversee and manage all inside accounting and financial practices for the corporation. In addition to her CFO role, Darla is also responsible for all Human Resources and directs all payroll requirements, vendor procurement and inventory levels for the company.
Dbaird@procarpetinc.com

Lou Mandell, Jr.
Lou Mandell, Jr.
Vice President

Lou provides professional management by overseeing all daily operations of sales, project manager/estimating staff, and field technicians.  His 20+ years of experience with ProCarpet assures our clients will receive successful completion of their projects in every aspect.   Lou has become a valuable resource with his creative solutions to challenging floorcovering situations.   He takes enormous pride in having built the best team of in-house installation technicians anywhere, devoted to continuous skills improvement and ongoing education.  ProCarpet’s innovative apprenticeship program has produced a reliable source of installers, as well as an extremely high standard of workmanship.

lmandelljr@procarpetinc.com

 

Michele Maurillo
Michele Maurillo
Director of Business Development

As a flooring industry professional with over 30 years experience in business development, marketing and client relationship management, Michele is a valuable and sustaining resource for the Architecture and Design Community, Developers, Design-Build General Contractors and End-User Facility Management groups.  Her extensive experience as a specifying representative has given her incredible knowledge about materials, applications and technologies.   Michele is often in direct contact with leading manufacturers, providing assistance to her clients in recommending the most appropriate products for the project.  In addition, she offers design consultation, samples, specifications, technical data, budget pricing, sub-floor analysis, moisture mitigation procedures and value engineered alternatives.
Mmaurillo@procarpetinc.com

 

Linda Ryan
Linda Ryan
Executive Administrator / Office Manager

Linda has been a dedicated member of the Pro Carpet team for over 28 years! As executive administrator, her office management skills have assisted in establishing Pro Carpet as well run organization. Linda’s responsibilities include contract administration, qualification of subcontractors and our in-house installation staff, insurance requirements, and certified payroll.  Linda enables our financial administrators to accurately track job cost analysis, as well as contract review with facilitation of submissions, insurances and signatures.  To round off her considerable list of skills, she helps manage accounts receivable, billing and collections.

Lryan@procarpetinc.com

Taylor Mandell
Taylor Mandell
Administration / Reception

Taylor started her career with ProCarpet in 2013 as the third generation member of the family business.
Taylor is the billing specialist for property management accounts.
Tmandell@procarpetinc.com

 

Craig Merritt
Craig Merritt
Project Estimator / Outside Sales

Craig is a consummate professional with over 35 years in the flooring industry and has served ProCarpet as a valuable team member for over 25 years.  Craig started as an installation specialist in which he gained valuable knowledge, and led him to being named as project manager.  His expertise is in estimating both commercial and property management projects.  Craig has obtained great reputation for customer service, focusing on completing projects with excellence, leading to long-term customer retention.
Cmerritt@procarpetinc.com

Jason West
Jason West
Project Manager / Outside Sales

Jason’s extensive background was established by being a third generation flooring specialist, learning the business from the ground up as a mechanic. In 2005, he joined ProCarpet as an industry professional, skilled with vast knowledge of product and installation procedures, as well as B2B sales and relationship-building. He is responsible for developing estimates, contract execution, and project management to successful completion. Jason is considered one of the top professionals in his field. He specializes in target markets across the state of NY for K-12, Higher Education and Municipal projects.
Jwest@procarpetinc.com

Gary Tarasco
Gary Tarasco
Outside Sales / Project Management

With over 40 years of flooring experience, Gary has worked from the ground up-starting as a carpet installer trainee to certified Master Mechanic, to running his own very successful commercial floor covering installation and sales business in Colorado for several years.  Now he’s returned to Western NY, ready to leverage ProCarpet’s resources with his experience in creating perfect flooring solutions for the Educational, Health Care, Multi-Unit Housing and Senior Living markets.  Rely on Gary to provide his expertise and knowledge to assist you through the process of all phases of flooring options and installation.
gtarasco@procarpetinc.com

Joe Sardina
Joe Sardina
Project Manager

After graduating from Niagara University in 2003, Joe gained valuable industry experience working for eight years as a flooring installation sub contractor.  In 2011, he was hired by ProCarpet as a commercial estimator.  Rising to the role of project manager he is responsible for blue print estimating, submitting bids, field measurements, providing budgets, material purchasing, project schedule and closeout documents. Joe has established himself to our customers as a responsive, pro-active, and eminently qualified project manager.

jsardina@procarpetinc.com

Nick Distante
Nick Distante
Project Manager / Director of Paint and Wall Covering Division

Nick served for 18 years as President of his own commercial paint and wall covering company.  In 2006, Nick joined ProCarpet, bringing his extensive expertise in all varieties of wall covering,  Nick’s presence has allowed ProCarpet to expand their offerings and become a single source for combined flooring and painting projects.  Nick’s responsible for sales, estimating and project managing his flooring and paint division accounts which include top corporate clients.  With Nick in charge, our customers have come to expect a high level of workmanship.
Ndistante@procarpetinc.com

Chuck Mantione Jr.
Chuck Mantione Jr.
Multi-Family Housing Specialist

Chuck comes from a long line of flooring professionals, starting his career in 1977 working for the family business. For almost 30 years, Chuck has built his expertise in all aspects of the flooring industry.  In recognition of his extensive knowledge, he has earned numerous flooring certifications, and continuing education in all flooring types.
Since joining us in 2006, Chuck has grown ProCarpet’s Multi-Family division, focusing on servicing the large and growing apartment market. Because of his wide breacth of knowledge, ProCarpet (as well as his customers) relies on Chuck for new apartment builds and renovations to existing properties as well.
Cmantione@procarpetinc.com

Dave Lennox
Dave Lennox
Retail Specialist / Showroom Manager

With over 30 years of experience in floor covering, Dave has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in the industry. Since joining ProCarpet in 2001, Dave works exclusively with new home construction accounts, our retail showroom clients and our loyal repeat customers.  He has earned a reputation for honesty and commitment to great customer service.  Our retail customers often rely on Dave to provide design consultations, guidance with product selections and complete follow-thru with quality installations.
DLennox@procarpetinc.com

John Milizia
John Milizia
Warehouse Manager

John is another shining star on the ProCarpet team, with over 25 years with the company. He prides himself in running a productive and organized warehouse. John’s responsibilities include daily organization of staging materials for our mechanics to deploy to each project scheduled.  He tracks orders from manufacturers to assist in scheduling and provides ongoing communication to the project managers.  John is highly skilled in organizing and implementing stock, as well as reordering of materials. There is no one better at managing warehouse staff for unloading, delivery services, inventory control and cutting of materials.
jmilizia@procarpetinc.com

Daryn Sapere
Daryn Sapere
Project Scheduler

Daryn provides exceptional customer service by directing and organizing the installation schedules for our property management division.
Dsapere@procarpetinc.com

Gary Coia
Gary Coia
Division Manager Mid-Atlantic Branch

Gary is a millennial era sales manager for our Mid-Atlantic division. He’s been working in the industry for several years, starting as a flooring warehouse helper.  Gary was trained to become a highly technical flooring mechanic, then branched out into commercial sales representative, and earned certifications as an Associate Mechanic, and in Ardex Moisture Control.  Gary worked for Forbo Flooring Systems as a manufacturer’s rep, leading him to return to ProCarpet leading sales and estimating activities in the Mid-Atlantic.  His extensive experience enables Gary to plan projects technically- having the end result in mind- and reducing potential problems before they happen.  His attention to detail, customer service-oriented approach and technology skills have provided costumers with an engaging, modern approach to project flow.
gcoia@procarpetinc.com

Roger Galbraith
Division Manager Pittsburgh Branch

Roger oversees all sales and operations of commercial and property management in the growing Pittsburgh, Western PA and Ohio area.
Roger@procarpetinc.com